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Medical workers were allowed to keep practicing despite failing drug, alcohol tests
Los Angeles Times

More than 140 nurses, pharmacists and others in a program for substance-abusing medical professionals tested positive on drug or alcohol screenings, but the results were disregarded because a state subcontractor was using the wrong standard, officials said. The problem continued for 10 months until the company that runs the program recently alerted the state. All the while, most of the medical workers were allowed to keep practicing, although state officials couldn’t say how many were seeing patients.

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